Standing firm and proud as a major traffic hub has been developed around it, the RVT dates from 1863, and remains true to its century-old tradition as a cabaret venue. It’s been serving confirmed bachelors since before Kylie was born and is now the royal palace of Voho, the gay village of Vauxhall.
On any given night, star names may be draped banner-big across its traditional pub frontage (Lily Savage got her start behind the bar), and the place may be absolutely jammed. The main attraction is Duckie, Amy Lamé’s wilfully eccentric Saturday club night.
Get here in the early evening and you’ll have time and space to fire into some beef stew or a burger, but otherwise it’s shots, shooters and standard lagers all the way. In the evening, muscle marys whip off their tops and gear up for an evening of debauchery at the many nearby clubs.
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The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is recognised as providing a unique and welcoming environment to a very diverse crowd. The level and quality of the artists has recently changed. I have recently been to see Toyah Wilcox, Mari Wilson, T’pau and looking forward to Sonia on 28 April. The new artist line up appearing at Royal Vauxhall Tavern is getting better and better and now has the balance to bring together both the old tavern and the new tavern, fantastic Friday club nights, Duckie on Saturdays, Sunday Social, a great day out and a full weekly programme of events.
The management and staff offer the best diverse light entertainment policy in London, they are welcoming, reasonable priced bar and you are guaranteed to have a thoroughly enjoyable time, the atmosphere and the crowd make Royal Vauxhall Tavern what it is.
Love this place! Such diverse and interesting events.
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Every time I have friends down in London, I take them here. Ducky on a Saturday is weird, the music is classic and the atmosphere is cheerful and down right buoyant. The music suddenly stops and a short show appears on stage to delight or confuse. Arrive with a open mind!
The show on a Sunday is a London institution not to be missed, but be warned it is rude and crude and not for those with a delicate disposition.
Gay Bingo on Monday is a fantastic way to start the week, every day there is something going on.
The RVT is small bar / club / cabaret bar, often filled with esoteric people with a story to tell and laugh to be had.